Goldman Sachs

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Goldman Sachs Reviews in London, England

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
1,907 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best thing about the firm is outstandingly smart people at the firm (in 185 reviews)

  • People are smart (no one can be lazy, people always challenge you, you learn a lot) but humble (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent if you want to proceed up the corporate ladder (in 323 reviews)

  • Expect to work long hours (even though management says office "face time" is not important (in 398 reviews)

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  1.  

    Clever people, working hard

    Current Employee - Vice President Strat in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Vice President Strat in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bright colleagues - a pleasure to work with.
    Good attitude - get things done.
    Well paid - on the whole.

    Cons

    Long hours - is this what you want from life?
    Anonymous feel - who is all this for?
    Banks - do we want to work for them? Why not work for buy-side instead?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the love.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    It's for people people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to get noticed and get ahead if you put in the effort and make yourself visible. Having a politically-savvy manager helps a lot

    Cons

    It's all about your people skills. You can be an amazing developer but your career won't move ahead unless you're sociable and likable. Not a con really, just reality. The broader organization can seem distant at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worklife

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant work life balance and great pay

    Cons

    People can be too proffesional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with lower ranks

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    great firm - hard to move from ops to front office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Client Middle Office in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Middle Office in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great for professional development and learning.

    Cons

    hard to move from ops to front office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    needs more development opportunities across divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Technology Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technology Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very good, insightful internship. Would happily recommend. Office culture was great and managers were very helpful.

    Cons

    Not much that I can say was negative. had a very good experience overall. However, the cost of living in london was very high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Collective Intensity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Vice President - Technology in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Teammates are intelligent and committed to actually solving problems, not just punching in and punching out against the clock. Everybody is intelligent and driven to contribute and achieve - very positive vibe. Consensus culture. Generous salary. London office is particularly flexible about leaving office at a reasonable hour and working from home to attend to personal issues as necessary.

    Cons

    London team sometimes needs to assert its independence and stature from the New York team which tends to be domineering. You may leave the office at a reasonable hour, but your work comes home with you. Intense firefighting mode can be very exhausting and create the illusion of work without progressing.

    Actually, all of the above is pre-collapse. I left just as things were turning sour so I have no idea how the culture has changed in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross-functional collaboration is essential to getting perspective on the overall firm. It's very tempting to keep IT in a silo remote from its Ops user base, but this exposure is a mistake. One of the best decisions make is to have one team member sitting amidst Ops each day. Got a pulse of how things really operated, users felt reassured, and baked-in a culture of having a virtual office where a teammate can work remotely and yet contribute meaningfully.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Investment Banking Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Investment Banking Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brilliant people
    Really good and supportive team culture
    Flat structure
    Everything is good besides the hours

    Cons

    0 work life balance
    Otherwise, nothing much, everything is pretty good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the work life balance of junior bankers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Spring internship with Goldman Sachs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Structured training; intensive timetables; Very informative

    Cons

    Less interaction with senior management; Limited responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful since HR will look at you every minute. Need to work hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work, zero work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good careers prospects
    Great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Long Hours
    Very high pressured culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Goldman Sachs full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Professional work environment, inhouse training and support

    Cons

    Long hours, work can become repetitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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